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Scotch Corner accident victim named

Police have named the man who was killed on the A1(M) near Scotch Corner on Boxing Day.

He was 72-year-old Robert Arthur Henry of Whitby Way, Darlington. An inquest into his death opened and adjourned today (December 31).

It is believed Mr Henry’s red Ford Focus car had suffered mechanical problems just before his death at around 7.40am on Friday December 26.

With smoke coming from the vehicle, he stopped the Focus partially onto the verge of the southbound carriageway at junction 56 between Barton and Scotch Corner.

As Mr Henry and his two passengers – a 66-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man - got out of the car, a black Nissan Qashqai driven by a 51-year-old man from Washington, Tyne and Wear, struck him causing fatal injuries.

A silver Peugeot 206 driven by a woman from West Rainton, County Durham, also collided with Focus.

Nobody apart from Mr Henry was harmed in the incident.

The stretch of road remained closed until 3pm on Boxing Day while the police investigated the scene of the fatal collision.

Witnesses are urged to come forward to assist the police, particularly anyone who recalls seeing the red Ford Focus before the incident.


Motorcyclist on A167 Ferryhill airlifted to James Cook

Credit: Great North Air Ambulance

A 53-year-old motorcyclist from Newton Aycliffe has suffered potential spinal and pelvic fractures after colliding with a van on the A167 Ferryhill this afternoon, Friday 21st November.

The Great North Air Ambulance flew the man to the major trauma centre in James Cook hospital for further treatment.

He was said to be stable condition on arrival to the hospital.

Durham Police say the van driver was unhurt.

Police appeal after cyclist hit by caravanners

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was hit by a car towing a caravan near Bedale.

The cyclist, a 45-year-old local woman, was riding her black and white mountain bike along the A684 towards Bedale at around 5.40pm yesterday (27 July) when she was overtaken by a white MPV-type vehicle towing a twin-axle caravan as she passed the sports field opposite Grange Road Farm.

As the vehicle pulled back in it clipped her and knocked her off her bike.

The woman suffered injuries to her arms and head and was airlifted to James Cook Hospital for treatment.

Her injuries are not life-threatening.

The driver of the car did not stop at the scene of the collision and continued towards Bedale.

Officers are trying to trace the driver of the car and any witnesses to the incident.

One potential witness officers are keen to trace is the driver of as AA or RAC van, which was seen travelling in the opposite direction to the caravan.

The driver of the van may not be aware of the collision but will have witnessed the caravan overtake the cyclist.

Officers are urging the driver of the van to come forward with information.

Family petition calls for safety measures

John Averill died while returning from shops Credit: ITV News

Family and friends of a man knocked down and killed on his way home from the shops are calling for traffic calming measures on the road where it happened.

John Averill,was killed on Blaydon Bank, in Gateshead, in November.

Now his family has launched an online petition calling for speed restrictions.

They say it's only a matter of time before this happens to somebody else.